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Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas (Paperback)

Gift Ideas, Craft Projects and Recipes for Festive Hygge

Photographic Books Colour Books Arts and Crafts White Owl

By Becci Coombes
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 168
Illustrations: 140 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399093842
Published: 30th October 2022


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Christmas is the most hyggelig of seasons, and in this book Becci shares over fifty ideas to bring a touch of Scandinavian cosiness to your home this winter. The chapters cover everything from sumptuous edible gifts and home-made presents with a Nordic flavour, to traditional Danish crafts with which to decorate your space.

Projects include a wild winter birch wreath, woven julestjerner star chandelier, five-minute sock gnomes and even a Christmas tree bath scrub! Try your hand at a quick finger-crochet scarf, scented white clay ornaments, or make bangles, cushions and baubles from a pre-loved sweater. Becci’s favourite recipes for the ultimate in Danish festive comfort food cover both baking and the all-important Christmas Eve feast, plus there are traditional after-dinner games for all the family to enjoy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas is a wonderful, warm, Christmas-y, wintery hug. Everything I love about the winter season is wrapped up in this book. I appreciate that the author, Becci Coombes, begins by letting us know she is not a full-on expert in the kitchen. Yet, she introduces us to ideas and recipes and crafts that are perfectly wonderful. And, thus, doable! Whether you are foraging outside or in your own kitchen, much of what you see in the book can be accomplished easily. Becci even gives some simple family game ideas. Perfect for an evening around the fire while you sip Wolf’s Best Ever Hot Chocolate and nibble on Kanelsnegle (Cinnamon Snails).

I loved the step-by-step instructions and the plentiful photos. Becci also incorporates family stories and historical backgrounds into many of the recipes and crafts she gives us. Every bit of this book is family friendly and a great way to incorporate some new winter traditions into any one’s world. I'm looking forward to adding Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas to both my personal library and my public library.

NetGalley, Kelly McMullen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An adorable collection of crafts and recipes to help hygge up your holiday home. For people wanting to add extra festivity to their Christmas.

NetGalley, Samantha Hehr

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Oh my goodness, what a book! There is literally something for everyone and I'd say all abilities are covered too. So many activities and a lovely festive intro to the book as well.

I see a lot of crafty things to make/gift so it was a lovely inclusion with the edible items and even a section on 'family fun'. Just brilliant.

I started to make a list to add here of all the things I wanted to try but it was basically most of the book! But in particular, I am looking forward to the clay ornaments, mini nisser, choc salami (amazing!), marzipan chocs (so easy!), fudgy brownie jar, felt ball coasters and playing the candy cane game. Phew, that's not even a quarter of the offerings!

The book would make a brilliant gift...for birthdays, not Christmas, because you'll have plenty of other gifts for Christmas from this book!

NetGalley, Lisa Mattock

Craft Your Own Cosy Scandi Christmas is a lovely DIY book full of crafts and recipes from Scandinavia. From candles and ornaments to breads and cookies, you'll find something you want to make within its pages.

NetGalley, Sam Dodgen

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What a really lovely book. Crafts for everyone some challenging some simple but all effective. Love the pictures and the added cat. Totally recommend.

NetGalley, Joanne, Butler

The title and cover are what appeal to me first. This is what reminds me of my immigrant Norwegian grandmother’s home, this is what I crave during the winter, and it’s what soothes me.. The older I get, the more I want to be as comfortable as possible in my home. Hygge is that which I continue to aspire to.

With wonderful crafts to create, I especially love how the author focuses quite a bit on upcycling. There are also a lot of super yummy sounding recipes to try your hand at, depending on your tastes and I’m absolutely going to be making quite a few things I discovered in this fantastic book - recipes and crafts alike.

Recommended, especially to craft and create with children, pre-school aged and up.

NetGalley, Michelle Smith

A lovely book that filled me with festive spirit. I always look at these types of books full of optimism of crafting before Christmas but I never actually do. However, I think there are one or two that I will defo get around to this year for sure after reading this!

NetGalley, Victoria Barry

Christmas time’s a coming and you know you’re ready to get your crafting on! This book provides a great selection of crafts, recipes and plain old merry making to help set the stage! My daughter and I will be making several of the decorations and try several of the recipes as well. We create our own Christmas traditions, of which one is trying different traditions from around the World. This book will be a great addition to our family’s festivities and preparation!

NetGalley, Cindi Austin

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a fantastic book full of Danish/Scandinavian holiday ideas. Perfect for people interested in hygge or in creating their own holiday decor and gifts. There is an intro with background and details on Danish Christmas traditions.
The chapters give step by step instructions with color photos on Decorating for Christmas (includes multiple types of ornaments), Edible Gifts (sweets, drinks), Quick and Easy Crafts, Christmas Comfort Food (recipes for gatherings), and Family Fun (games). I'm looking forward to making many of the decor and craft items and will probably choose some of the edible gifts to do for neighbors.

NetGalley, Amanda Donovan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring read.

I find with a lot of craft books I may see a few ideas that I could attempt and many that are beyond my capabilities but I can hand on heart say there are no projects in here that were out of the realms of my skills!

The book contains many different crafts from decorations to cooking and is divided into sections accordingly.

The way the author describes creating the projects, drawing from her own experiences was very helpful and felt like a friend was guiding me and the accompanying photographs are wonderful.

As a parent I felt there were many projects that I could make with children. I was particularly drawn to the walnut shell decorations and the homemade clay ornaments.

The leaning towards a more green outlook to crafting was delightful with many projects using recycled ingredients.

I feel that this book will be one I return to again and again for inspiration and a wonderful warm cosy Christmas feeling.

NetGalley, lynne donnachie

This is such a lovely Christmas crafting and recipe book with lots of ideas on how to make it extra cosy. I do enjoy trying new things around the festive season and I’ll admit glögg might be something I’ll be giving a go very soon!

The book is nicely laid out and nothing seems to intricate or difficult to make so should appeal to most.

All in all a lovely book that has left me looking forward to the festive season!

NetGalley, Caoimhe Quinn

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book and it has given me a lot of inspiration. I really enjoy the Scandi style, and this has really inspired me. I'm going to buy a copy for my mum.

NetGalley, Laura Fayle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Such a gorgeous book, from homemade crafts to homemade baking, this book is everything you could possibly need to add that little special sparkle to your own Christmas;
I would definitely purchase this book for the recipes and instructions to make items from it year after year.

NetGalley, Amelia Pakes

I think it’s a nice collection of fun holiday projects for anyone who is interested in Scandinavia to look at. The crafts are relatively easy and the variety of recipes seem delicious. I mostly enjoyed the sprinkled history of each dish or personal story the author wove through the book.

NetGalley, Kimberly Cooper

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year so as soon as I saw this book I wanted to read it! And I'm not disappointed, I absolutely loved the crafts, and the fact that the author tested them with her son means I'm plotting out ones I can do with my little one! I'll admit the edible gifts section made me a little hungry lol but I can't wait to test those out on friends and family either!
It's definitely a book to keep on the shelf!

NetGalley, Krystina M

This is a lovely Scandinavian crafting and recipe book for the holidays. Think Martha Stewart but more frugal, green and friendly. 🙂 The book features all kinds of projects like making a homemade wreath from found branches and bits of other things, making the most decadent hot cocoa, etc. There are chapters for decorating, recipes, gifts to make, etc. There's definitely a focus on repurposing and using found objects, like there are darling little gnomes and such made from knit hats, the fingers of knit gloves and old sweaters. She even shows you how to make darling little reindeer from your twig scraps when you make the birch wreath. I'm not sure that I would go to the same level of effort that she does, but it inspires me to want to. There are also lots of lovely photos throughout, especially for the project instructions. Recommended.

NetGalley, Alicia Bayer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In our house, we love all things Christmas. Sure. it’s August and 28 degrees but it’s never too early to start planning for this year’s Christmas and this book has you covered for Christmas 2022 and beyond. In reviewing this book, I’ve found a whole host of things I want to feature in this year’s Christmas - decorations to make, gifts for our friends and family, new traditions to set. All this and lots of recipes for the festive season- I might not even wait until Christmas to the that coffee liqueur.

NetGalley, Kate Thurston

Another cute and inspiring book about crafts and tips to make this Christmas an incredible moment with family and friends. I like a lot books with instructions and new ideas for holidays and this one has fit perfectly in this category. Good Job!

NetGalley, Heloiza Silva

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A gorgeous book stuffed full of cosy projects and foodie treats which would make a great addition to any collection of Christmas books.
The projects are very well explained and so infinitely 'doable ' without the need for expensive equipment or complicated techniques.
I have several in mind to try for Christmas this year.
This book would make a delightful early Christmas present for anyone who enjoys a hands on approach to preparing their end of year festivities.

NetGalley, L F

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I am looking forward to making many of the items detailed in this book, especially the advent candle, Every year I struggle to buy and advent candle that goes with my decorations, well not this year as I am all ready to decorate my own.
I would highly recommend this book for those who want to make their own unique decorations especially this year when the cost of living is so high, as the hanging star decorations can be made using bits of paper that can be picked up quite cheaply, but will look so amazing.

NetGalley, Alison Vicary

This was a very cute "how-to" book with a variety of Scandinavian-style Christmas crafts, recipes, and gift ideas... I enjoy making homemade gifts and will definitely try the recipe for the Christmas tea and attempt the felt pompom coaster.

NetGalley, Rachel Hagerty

There are some fun ideas in this book for celebrating Christmas the Scandinavian way. This book includes information on foods, crafts, gifts, and games. There's small projects throughout the to do things like show you how to make your own wreath, make a scarf, and prepare sweet desserts to share. The measurements and weights for ingredients and materials are in grams and cm. The section on games is especially interesting! I liked learning new Christmas games.

NetGalley, Alyssa McClure

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve put this book on preorder as I need a physical copy! I love Christmas and I love crafting and I can’t wait to work my way through this book!!! Decorations, gifts and edible things are all in here to make! Wonderful book!

NetGalley, Zara Harper

About Becci Coombes

Becci spent her childhood holidays on the family farm in Denmark, and grew up with a love for all things Scandinavian. Originally she trained as an archaeologist (Vikings, of course!), before travelling the world and becoming a successful glass artist. She now runs www.hyggestyle.co.uk, an online boutique specialising in Danish and Scandinavian gifts, homewares, recipe and craft ideas. She also teaches bushcraft and survival at the local youth group, lives with her son, cat and chickens, and loves herring and sci-fi.

She was nominated as one of the Mumpreneur 100, and has won both BT’s Best Home Business of the Year Award and ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish (best pudding in the South!). Her articles and recipes have regularly featured in the press, and her products on TV. She has also been a key-note speaker on the topic of hygge at various events.

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